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Johnson pledges ‘further UK support’ in call with Ukraine’s Zelensky

By AFP
25 February 2022   |   8:46 am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday pledged "further UK support to Ukraine" in a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, his office said.

A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking to MPs on the situation in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in the early morning, in the House of Commons, in London, on February 24, 2022. – Britain on Thursday imposed a biting package of sanctions on Russia that Prime Minister Boris Johnson said would degrade its economy “for years to come”, as he slammed President Vladimir Putin in unusually personal terms. (Photo by Jessica TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP) /

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday pledged “further UK support to Ukraine” in a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, his office said.

“President Zelensky updated the prime minister on the most recent Russian military advances… including the terrible developments in Kyiv,” Downing Street said in a statement.

“The prime minister committed to providing further UK support to Ukraine in the coming days.”

Britain has said is ready to provide Ukraine with additional military support, including lethal defensive weapons but Defence Secretary Ben Wallace ruled out sending troops.

He told BBC television Britain would “hold the line in NATO”, adding: “I’m not putting British troops directly to fight Russian troops.

“That would trigger a European war because we are a NATO country, and Russia would therefore be attacking NATO.”

Johnson, who on Thursday announced a series of sanctions against Russian businesses, banks and allies of President Vladimir Putin, said the world was horrified at the invasion.

He praised “the bravery and heroism of the Ukrainian people in standing up to Russia’s campaign of violence,” Downing Street said.

“The Prime Minister committed to provide further UK support to Ukraine in the coming days as the people of Ukraine and the world continue to demonstrate that Putin cannot act with impunity,” it added.